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Galwiji Farm Homestead

Certificate of Excellence 2014

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 29 reviews

Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 12

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

In our family for 4 generations, the house on our property Galwiji (made up by combining the names of 4 brothers Gordon, Alan, William and Jim) will give you a delightful taste of Australian rural life.

It's spacious - there are beds for 12 and plenty of extra room if your group's even bigger and you want to rough it a bit :) It's also very comfortable for small groups or even just a couple on a romantic getaway.

14 minutes' drive to shops, 25 minutes to Sovereign Hill, 1 hour to Geelong and Avalon Airport and 75 minutes to Melbourne Airport (G0GGLE Maps says 1 hour 40, but we know a back way :)

Ample parking, sorry no internet, but mobile phone reception is excellent (due to the proximity of Mount Buninyong) and the sims on our iPads work well. 3G Reception is clear on both Telstra and Optus' networks.

Mostly, we just love Galwiji for the peace. A gentle breeze, broken only by the occasional baa-ing of sheep and the t-w-i-t-t-e-r-ing of birds. The range of bird life is extraordinary and the many different calls are worth sitting quietly for a while to hear.

If you want to break the solace, there's a recently-tuned Lipp German upright piano (dated at 1899!), a nylon-string guitar and a trumpet!

There are many kids' (and adults') board games, table soccer and table tennis indoors, while outdoor treats include a large oak tree with seats underneath (in the middle of the sprawling garden), a treasure hunt, yabby (freshwater crayfish) fishing, exploring the shearing shed and tree farm, not to mention endless open spaces to run around in.

The house consists of 1 master bedroom with ensuite, 2 other double bedrooms, another bedroom with 3 single beds, another bedroom with bunks (two single beds, one above the other), all the normal amenity rooms (t.v. / lounge/ dining area / kitchen and laundry), 2 additional bathrooms, (one newly refurbished with shower, basin and toilet in the one room and the other with an enormous bath) and lastly a very large family room with table tennis / table soccer / lounges / chairs and a large open fireplace.

As far as amenities are concerned, Galwiji is fully self-contained, and then some. It has a full kitchen with a dishwasher, toaster, kettle, large microwave oven, enormous fridge, urn, pressure cooker, rice cooker, large flat grill, sandwich maker, hand mixer and coffee machine. Our Weber Kettle BBQ provides an opportunity to grill outdoors if you desire.

There's a large flat screen TV with DVD player, radio / c.d. player, as well as important appliances such as a large front-loading washing maching, an ironing table and board and a hair dryer (Rosie says they're very important :)

For a really special evening, a telescope is available, because the stars at Galwiji are a - may - zing!

It's quite an environmentally friendly property too. Apart from the 100 acre tree farm (we're growing Sugar Gums and Blue Gums), most of our electricity is provided by solar panels and all of our water comes from the sky. With that in mind, we provide you with a large external clothesline rather than a dryer.

Your hosts, Malcolm & Rosie and Malcolm's parents Ann & Bill are seasoned travellers. Ann and Malcolm are both fluent in German and French and Rosie is fluent in German.

Strictly no smoking on the property, either indoors or outdoors (due to fire restrictions) and strictly no pets.

Apologies for the high cleaning fee. When you see the size of the house, you'll understand why - it's about a 4 hour job!

Also, due to water constraints at Galwiji, we are happy to provide linen for up to 6 guests (i.e. 3 x double beds, 1 of which is a queen) but if your party is larger than 6, we would ask that you provide your own linen for the 'extras'. Thanks for your understanding.

P.S. Malcolm & Rosie and children have just returned from some time in Europe where we sampled a number of Airbnb listings. We stayed in many AirBNB places, from the stunning to the not so, but it strengthened our resolve to make Galwiji the absolute best experience we can make it! :)

P.P.S. We have listed the site as handicap accessible, but it's not specifically set up for our wheelchair-bound friends, so please, call us and we'll talk further. Generally we have been able to accomodate and a recent visitor 'on wheels' found Galwiji quite suitable.

Size Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 13 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Melbourne Tullamarine 80 km, Nearest railway: Ballarat 22 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Games room
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (6), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking

The Victoria region

Ballarat's 2 biggest tourist attractions are Sovereign Hill ( 18 minutes' drive) and Kryal Castle ( 25 minutes' drive).


Melbourne is Australia's 2nd largest city and will soon overtake Sydney in size. It combines a peaceful multicultural vibe with the best sporting and cultural events. It's also the home of the greatest sport in the world, Australian Rules Football ( The season runs from April - September and the biggest ground (the Melbourne Cricket Ground which seats 101,000 hosts weekly games. Email us if you'd like tickets into the member's stand. We are usually also able to get tickets for the Boxing Day Cricket Test.

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Review 1-10 of 29

7 Nov 2014


"A relaxing family getaway."

Galwiji Homestead is a remarkable location to relax, enjoy the Australian bush. The birds are lovely to hear and you may even find a kangaroo or koala or two.This idyllic location is definitely a plac… More

Chris and Beck, you are our kind of people. I trust that the relaxing break you had at Galwiji Homestead was a welcome respite from the very demanding work that you do. Go well you guys.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

6 Nov 2014


"Perfect weekend get away for all"

I attended the homestead with a group of clients with ASD. They all had a wonderful time and it was large enough for them to all have their own space. There was plenty of things to do at the homestead… More

It was a pleasure to have you and your ASD clients Hayley. We hope we can welcome you back soon to Galwiji Homestead.

Regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

3 Nov 2014


"Best place to stay with a large family!"

We all enjoyed our stay at Galwiji immensely! The house is huge, plenty of space to accommodate everyone. Comfy beds, games room is fantastic, open fires kept the place toasty warm! We loved the walks… More

Daniel, it was a pleasure to have you and your family stay. Galwiji Homestead is all about family, and you are our kind of people :) My only disappointment is that Marion couldn't make it. I hope we can welcome her down here at some point in the near future.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

20 Oct 2014


"Great for 3 families to stay together in the one home"

Kids had a fantastic time in the games room , play equipment and in the open paddocks.The adults loved the deck area to watch the children playing and retreated to the open fire pit after they had gon… More

It was a pleasure to have you and your family and friends to stay Lauren. Thanks for your kind review. We look forward very much to having you to stay again.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

24 Sep 2014


"Not just a house - a rehearsal space and performance venue too!"

When we first enquired with Malcolm about staying at his house I was somewhat apprehensive as I needed to admit that we wanted to bring nine children and two teachers and run a rock band camp at his r… More

It was nothing but a pleasure to deal with Henric and his students. They used the isolation of the Galwiji Homestead to great effect for their band rehearsals and performance and they left it as clean as a whistle.

Those kids are blessed to have such a far-sighted and caring teacher.

Regards. Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

11 Sep 2014


"Welcoming and peaceful"

Staying at Galwiji Farm Homestead was wonderful. We were welcomed by the Pryors who own and used to live on the property. Everything we needed was there. We especially enjoyed the warm fire in the col… More

It was an absolute pleasure to have Rachel, David and their children stay at Galwiji Homestead. They are most definitely our kind of people.

Regards. Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager.

24 Aug 2014


"Beautiful scenery and wonderful property"

Stayed at Galwiji Farm with a group of teenage girls and other adults. Great time away. Loved the house. Very well equipped kitchen and great set up for large groups or large family group. Girls lov… More

Carolyn and her friendly youth group were an absolute pleasure to have visit us at Galwiji Homestead.

I am so glad that they enjoyed the place as much as they did.

Kindest regards. Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

4 Aug 2014


"Beautiful historic homestead"

Have just spent 3 fantastic days at Gawiji with husband , son and 2 granddaughters from uk, daughter and son-in-law and granddaughter from australia, ages 14 to 75 and we all agree that it was a. Love… More

Shirley, it was a pleasure to have you, Ken and your extended family at the Homestead. You are our kind of people! We're already looking forward to your next visit.

Kind regards.
Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

16 Jul 2014


"A spacious but homely farmhouse in beautiful surroundings."

Four children of varying ages had a great deal of fun at GALWIJI over the last weekend in June. The weather was a shock to us Queenslanders but the fires kept us warm and the games room was a huge su… More

Penelope and Atherton and their children were an absolute pleasure to have at Galwiji Homestead. Particularly impressive was their willingness to get into the spirit of country living - so good to have the walking tracks get a good workout! :)

Would love to have them back any time.

Kind regards. Malcolm Pryor. Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

16 Jun 2014


"A cosy country retreat with everything we needed to enjoy a winter break -warm fires, loads of space and friendly hosts."

We were a group including 8 young adults with disabilities. Our hosts were extremely welcoming and accommodating. They had gone to great lengths to install an accessible bathroom, which was finished t… More

Fyona, such a generous and comprehensive review! We were blessed to have you and your lovely clients to stay and your enthusiasm made all the work we put in to making the place ready for you worth every second.

Take care and keep up your fabulous work! Malcolm Pryor, Operations Manager, Galwiji Homestead.

Review 1-10 of 29

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Languages spoken
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  • French
  • German

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